Orton-Gillingham Approach Training

 For more than sixty-five years, licensed teachers, paraprofessionals, home educators, parents, and even grandparents have taken our training courses, which equip trainees to provide breakthrough instruction.  The Orton-Gillingham approach, as taught by highly qualified Reading Center instructors, employs comprehensive, proven reading instruction with an intensive practicum to prepare the learner for immediate use with students. During Institute, participants will the approach, the structure of the English language, and apply what's been learned by planning and teaching actual lessons.  Trainees in Basic Training Institute are provided with:

      • An awareness of visual & auditory drills

    • An understanding of the essential elements

    • An opportunity to begin to learn the basic phonetic / linguistic structure of English

    • Hands on in class practice plus plan and teach actual lessons

Trainees successfully completing Basic Training Institute (with practicum) are equipped to begin providing this approach with struggling students in grades 1-3.  Advanced Institute is helpful for working with grade 4- adults.


     Instruction, Modeling, and Learning

The Reading Center is one of two centers west of the Mississippi that is accredited  by the Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators to provide this time tested and highly effective training




General Registration Information

Institute Scholarship Application

Payment plans and scholarship information may be discussed with a Reading Center financial representative.

Institute Scholarship Form

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A certificate of successful completion will be presented to those who satisfactorily complete required course work and pass the examinations.

College graduate credit may be arranged through St. Mary's University. College credit arrangements and cost are:

  • in addition to the Reading Center’s tuition
  • payable directly to St. Mary's University
  • the responsibility of participants


"This training has been very enriching, positive, and inspiring.  I can't wait to use my new knowledge."  Tina, 2012

"I feel such a sense of relief that I no longer have to guess my way through different interventions and impersonalized programs without knowing how effective it will be to help the child.  I am so grateful that I was taught the Orton-Gillingham Approach."  Jackie, 2012

"I wish it was an obligation for every teacher to take this course."  Jacinta, 2012


Basic OG Training Institute

In Person Basic Institute     Winter: January 18-March 15-2018     

                                                     Summer: July 11-August 2, 2018  Registration Open

Online  Basic Institute      February 26, 2018 - May 27,2018 Registration open

 September 4-November 25, 2018 Registration Open 


Next sessions scheduled:    

 November 26- February 24, 2019;    February 25- May 26, 2019                                 

Meet online for classes which includes a 1:1 practicum with your master teacher.*  This 120 hour course is spread out over 12 weeks, and broken down into 12 modules.  This is largely a 1:1 training and trainees will meet regularly online with their Master Teacher throughout the course.   

There are special technology requirements  and trainee must find a  student (grade 2-4) local  to their area that is willing to dedicate the time required to be screened online by a mater teacher (to determine appropriateness for the practicum).  Beyond the initial screening, the student will need to be available two times a week for a total of 12-- 45 minute practicum lesson sessions.  All practicum lesson sessions will need to be video recorded.  

Required materials include:  (purchased separately)      • Basic Reference Manual: $125          • Basic Language Tool Kit: $45 

  Other materials will be recommended after registration. 

Technology requirements:  headset, desktop/laptop with camera and microphone, high speed reliable internet connection, printer, and  video recording equiptment for practicum sessions.  Please note a PC is preferred over a MAC when using WebEx software.  


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Click here to register for class held at the Reading Center

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Institute scholarship application

Advanced OG Training Institute

Advanced Institute -Summer 2018   Space is limited!

Thursday, June 14- June 28, 2018  Classes are held Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:00 p.m. 

Registration form and tuition deposit required.  Materials for course are purchased separately.  Last date to register is May 26, 2018.

Required materials include:        • Advanced Reference Manual: $125    

                                                   • Advanced Language Tool Kit: $90

Registration Form

The Advanced Training Institute builds on foundational concepts introduced in the Basic Training Institute, adding skills that will enable the educator to provide Educational Therapy beyond the introductory grades. It applies the same Orton-Gillingham Approach targeting the specific needs of older students and adults.

Trainees interested in Advanced Training Institute must have successfully completed Basic Training Institute. 

Trainees in Advanced Training Institute are provided with:

  • A further study of the philosophy & teaching techniques involved in the Orton-Gillingham Approach applied to teaching skills needed for reading and writing more complex language structure
  • An awareness of dyslexia as it occurs in high school students and adults
  • A continuing focus on all the instructional components essential for working with the older student
  • An opportunity to learn the linguistic structure needed to deal with advanced vocabulary
  • Hands on in-class practice plus plan and teach actual lessons

Trainees successfully completing the Advanced Training Institute with practicum are equipped to begin providing Educational Therapy to struggling students in grades 4 – adult.

Graduate level college credits through St. Mary's University are available. 

The Reading Center is the only center west of the Mississippi that is acccredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators to provide this time-tested and highly effective training.


Contact Information

The Reading Center | 847 5th Street N.W. | Rochester, MN 55901 | 507-288-5271 | read@thereadingcenter.org

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